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Joey Heredia


Joey Heredia is a remarkable drummer who blends a multitude of styles, impeccable timing, and unbelievable skill to achieve a unique level of playing making him one of the best in the business. His credits include luminaries like Stevie Wonder, Sheila E, Sergio Mendez, Herb Alpert, Tania Maria, Scott Henderson, Frank Gambale, and Dianne Reeves.

It's not surprising that Joey became a musician. His mother was a famous singer throughout Mexico, Central and South America in the 1940's and 1950's, and his father, a drummer, was a session player in Los Angeles. Although this appears the perfect recipe for creating a great musician, it wasn't. Joey's mother retired when he was born, and when Joey was only 4 his father had a stroke ending his father's drumming. Growing up in East Los Angeles was definitely rough, and his mother was extremely cautious of Joey's desire to become a musician. She knew exactly how tough the business was and wasn't sure about her son following that path.

Joey was persistent, and they struck a bargain. He could follow his musical path - if he kept his grades up. On his 16th birthday Joe's tenacity paid off and his parents relented and finally bought his a Slingerland drumset. He immediately began practicing to Blood, Sweat & Tears, Chicago, and Tower of Power records.
Joey's versitile, accomplished playing has led to a wealth of different projects with artists like Sheila E, Scott Henderson, Sergio Mendez, Herb Alpert, Diane Reeves, and Strunz and Farah to name a few. He has also served as Musical Director for Jennifer Paige,

Joey Heredia's own studio, Joey's Studio, has been used by a variety of artists including Jimmy Haslip, Billy Childs, Larry Antonino, and Hubert Laws. The studio features an array of equipment including a huge assortment of snare drums, kick drums, and cymbals. Joey also claims that his studio has the best live drum sound this side of hell!


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